Walt Disney Studios officially owns Fox now, but what properties should they prioritize rebooting? One of the major IPs that Disney now has control over is the X-Men, and their introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been highly discussed. The Marvel characters joining the MCU in Phase 4 or beyond is one of the most anticipated outcomes of the deal, but Disney acquired Fox for much more than just the X-Men.
The Mouse House now has full control over a number of major properties. Since the deal is still only a few weeks old, Disney and Fox have yet to announce what exactly their plans will be. The studios just recently unveiled what their combined 2019 slate of movies will look like, so any news on what the long-term future will be is still very much unclear. But, we do know that Disney will look to use as many of the valuable IPs that Fox owns in the best (and most lucrative) way possible. For many, this could mean hard reboots, so which ones should they prioritize?
In Screen Rant’s latest video, we run through a whole list of properties that Disney should consider to reboot under their supervision. While we didn’t bother running through the X-Men since they’ve already received so much attention, the other major Marvel property in the Fantastic Four is another one that may be rebooted in the near future. Outside of Marvel properties though, check out the video featured at the top of this post for some of the other properties that Disney could now reboot.
While we’ll have to wait and see exactly what Disney and Fox envision for many of these franchises, it was recently confirmed that two of them will definitely find new life. During Disney/Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon last week, Emma Watts, Vice Chair of 20th Century Fox Film, confirmed that Planet of the Apes and Alien are two IPs that will be getting new installments. Watts didn’t reveal any major details on when these new movies will arrive or what they will be about, but it was exciting confirmation nonetheless.
Planet of the Apes recently wrapped up a new trilogy in 2017 that ended the series in a position where it could be the end, while still leaving room for more stories. The three films were incredibly successful critically, but it reached pique popularity with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. Altogether, the three films grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, so it is no wonder the studios want to keep it alive. As for Alien, Ridley Scott recently returned to the universe for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and had plans for multiple more entries. Those may not happen now that Disney is in control, but nothing has been officially stated either way.
As is the case with all of these properties, possible Disney reboots may not need to happen on the big screen. Some, like Percy Jackson, could be adapted into a TV series exclusive to Disney+, while another X-Files revival or Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot could happen too. Even if Disney viewed properties like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Casper with movie potential, they could also be made straight for streaming. Since many of these properties have fan bases of their own, hopefully the right decisions are made about their future.